The Eminence Warriors were without their head basketball coach, two starters and first player off the bench last Friday night at Restoration Christian School in Sellersburg, IN.
And it showed on the court as the Warriors took an 87-34 loss and dropped their overall record to 1-5.
Eminence starters Nelson Hedges and Dallas Roberts missed the game, along with six-man Brock Roberts. Keith Blackburn was also absent on the sideline after receiving two technical fouls the previous outing.
"We found ourself in a misfortunate situation," said assistant coach Todd Trapp, who filled in for Blackburn. "We went in not knowing much about this team, and as it turned out, they have a lot of talent. They weren't much bigger than us, but quick and very athletic."
Restoration scored the game's first 20 points and continued to pour it on, stretching the advantage to 53 points by the time the lopsided four quarters came to an end.
Typical starters Ed Berry, Shaun Hamlin and Ethan Keiser started for the Warriors, while Ryan Paris and Dustin Amarello joined the starting rotation.
"I think we would have come out a little more positive in the beginning (if we would have had all of our players)," Trapp said. "I think we definitely felt it."
For Restoration, George Barber and Evan McGregory combined for 61 points.
The Warriors will be back on the court this Thursday when they travel to the North American Stainless Classic at Carroll County High School. Eminence will join Carroll, Iroquois, Lloyd Memorial, Ludlow and Woodford County in the six-team, three-day tournament.
The Warriors will play Iroquois Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Ludlow Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Woodford County Saturday at 3 p.m. The championship game, determined by the tournament records, will be held Saturday at 7 p.m.
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